Name:   Mary Esther (Dillingham) Barnes

From:  Unknown, Iowa
Date:  November, 1920

Mrs. Mary Barnes died at her home in Newell, Iowa, on Sunday, November7, 1920, at the age of seventy-six years, eleven months and nineteen days.

Mary Esther Dillingham was born in New York state November 26, 1843.She was united in marriage to Joseph Aden Barnes. To this union thirteen children were born whose names are as follows: Nathaniel Barnes of Manning, Iowa; Mrs. D. W. Proctor of Des Moines; Mrs. F. W. [sic] Moomaw, who died eleven years ago; Lewis Barnes of Spencer; Lloyd Barnes of Manning; Mrs. Art Woodling of Alpha, Minn.; Hattie, who died when six years old; Willard Barnes, Mrs. Henry Hine,  Mrs. S. W. Kelso, Mrs. O. A. Johnson and Joseph Barnes, all of Newell. Mr. and Mrs. Barnes lived to cheer and comfort each other for over fifty years. While they were living on a farm near Estherville, Mr. Barnes preceded her to the Better Land in 1914.

Had Mrs. Mary Barnes lived until her birthday on Nov. 26, nineteen days after her death, she would have reached the ripe old age of seventy-seven years, this being seven years more than the allotted span of three score and ten. Up to a short time before she died she was quite active. But eventually she felt the burden of her years and her physical activities weakened until at last, like a tired child, she fell asleep. She leaves to mourn her loss, in addition to her eleven children, forty-one grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, two brothers and three sisters.

Mrs. Barnes was an affectionate and devoted mother, a dutiful wife and a kindly neighbor. Her life was filled from day to day with the constant sacrifices and self denial by which a mother's life is characterized. No task was to great for her to undertake and accomplish for her loved ones. She made a brave and true companion for her life partner through the journey of life. Her dear ones will miss her greatly but heaven is the richer and more alluring now that she is there. She awaits the days of coming of her dear ones and someday she will greet them again where pain and partings are no more.

Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:00 at the Methodist church. A quartet composed of Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Holtz and Mr. and Mrs. Jas E. Brown sang three beautiful old hymns entitled, "Saved by Grace," "Beautiful Isle of Somewhere" and "Meet Me There," which brought comfort and solace to the sorrowing relatives as only music can. A helpful and inspiring sermon was given by Rev. J. Irving Brown of Sac City. All of Mrs. Barnes' children, five sons and six daughters, were present at the funeral service. The out-of-town relatives and friends who were present at the funeral are as follows: Mr. and Mrs. Will Moomaw, Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Drewes and Mrs. Hazel Woolsey, all of Fairmont, Minn.; George Barnes of Sheffield; Roy Barnes of Manning; Earl and Tracy Proctor of Des Moines (all grandchildren); Mr. and Mrs. Will Kew (Frances Dillingham, sister) of Mason City; Joy and Frank Barnes of Spencer (grandsons); Mrs. Lily Barnes of Rembrandt; Mr. and Mrs. Blain Sadler of Albert City and Mrs. Carrie Bickford [sic] of Rockwell City.  Mrs. Barnes earthly remains were laid to rest in the Newell Cemetery to await the resurrection of the last day.